About Me

Tom Santilli is an esteemed writer/journalist who is quickly gaining popularity for his online writing and featured columns. He currently writes for the popular website, Examiner.com, in many capacities, most notably as the "Detroit Movie Examiner" and also as the national "Survivor Examiner."

The Movie Critic

Tom has always had a love of movies, and from an early age knew he was destined to be associated with the film industry. He is currently a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society and Detroit Film Critics Society, the most prestigious group of film critics in Michigan. He has been reviewing movies as the Detroit Movie Examiner for Examiner.com since 2009. In 2010, he was selected by National CineMedia and Examiner.com as one of 14 Movie Critics to be featured in a campaign called "The Best Critics in America", and was featured in a promo video that ran in movie theatres across the country and in his local Detroit market.
Since 2012, Tom has co-produced and appeared on the syndicated TV show "Movie Show Plus," along with show producer and long-time critic Greg Russell and the two have interviewed over a 100 A-List celebrities. Tom also exclusively covers the Ann Arbor Film Festival each year for Examiner.com, and has gained praise for shedding light on one of the oldest and most renowned Film Festivals in North America.
Tom continues to give thoughtful insight in his reviews of the latest movies each week, with occasional celebrity interviews, but also keeps his local Detroit readership in tune with the latest film-related events and news relevant to the area. His weekly reviews can be read and subscribed to by checking out the Detroit Movie Examiner.


Tom has always been a huge fan of the CBS TV show, Survivor, since the very beginning, even though he is not a fan of reality TV as a whole. Never having ever missed an episode, like many others, Tom found himself questioning the motives and situations of those on the show, and desperately wanted answers. Unlike others "bloggers" on the internet, he has press accredited access to weekly "exit interviews" with castaways from the show, having actively used his credentials as the Detroit Movie Examiner to land a national position with Examiner.com as the Survivor Examiner. This new gig launched Tom quickly into the elite group of "must-read" Survivor insiders. He began covering Survivor professionally mid-way through the Heroes vs. Villains season in 2010, and in this short time, his readership has sky-rocketed, making his one of the most popular Survivor columns on the internet…and continues to grow. His unique take and relentless coverage is what makes his column a fan favorite and has made him a go-to Survivor "expert."
He has appeared on Rob Cesternino's "Rob Has a Podcast" and also gave the only exclusive interview with Richard Hatch since he returned to court for alleged probation violation in 2010. In addition to writing a weekly episode preview, full recap, and exit interview as part of his Survivor Examiner column, Tom is one of the very few press members to be included as a voting member in the annual "Survivor Hall of Fame" Executive Voting Committee, whose vote - alongside Jeff Probst, other producers and Survivor gurus like Dalton Ross and Gordon Holmes - shapes the inductees each year.


Tom Santilli has lived in and around the suburbs of Detroit his whole life, and attributes his creativity and passion to his mother and father, and brother and sister. Tom graduated from L'Anse Creuse - North High School and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University in Management & Broadcast/Cinematic Arts, with a focus on Journalism as well.
In addition to his writing, Tom is a respected business owner in the Detroit area, of Complete Video Solutions (www.cvideosolutions.com), which is primarily a high-end Wedding Videography business. From 2010-2013, they were voted the #1 Wedding Videographer in Detroit by Channel 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com. Since 2002, Tom and his company have received over 15 awards for their video production and wedding production. He looks to expand his service throughout America for anybody looking for the best in Wedding Cinematography.
Tom is also a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and in college served as President, Vice President, Pledge Educator. He received awards such as "Most Spirit" and the top honor of "Outstanding Member" twice. He won awards for the Greek President of the Year, as well as the overall CMU "President of the Year". He also was Vice-President of Inter-Fraternity Council at Central Michigan, and received the highest individual honor given in the Greek Community, the Excalibur Award. He was also named the national "Beta of the Week" by Beta Theta Pi in 2000.
Lastly, Tom is proud of his Italian heritage, and is a member of the Italian- American "Secinarese Club" in the Detroit-Metro area. He is also a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association).